Galbanum resin, Ferula galbaniflua, comes from Iran and has long been valued for it's wonderfully complex green, spicy, woody, balsamlike fragrance. Hard Galbanum can best be described as having the consistency of hard taffy. The ancient Egyptians imported Galbanum resin in vast amounts, it was among their most treasured incense ingredients.
Galbanum, also called "Mother resin", is discharged from the roots and lower trunk of this small wild plant. Originally from Mesopotamia, it was exported to India, China, Israel and Egypt. Today Iran and Turkey are the primary sources of all Galbanum.
In traditional healing Galbanum was often used to relieve tensions due to anxiety and severe restlessness and to relieve muscle spasms. It was often used during childbirth.
Element Association: Water
Magical Associations: spirituality, healing, protection, dreams
Astrological Association: Pisces, Gemini
Planetary Association: Moon
Season: Autumn, Winter
Aromatic Note: Base note
Mixes Well With: asafoetida, burgundy pitch, cinnamon, frankincense, galangal, guggul, lavender, musk seeds, myrrh, oakmoss, opoponax, pine needles, rose, rosemary, storax, etc.
Incense Use Tip: Warming Galbanum helps it become easier use. Use a non-porous bowl and add it last to a completed ground mixture then knead. Latex gloves can make cleanup much easier after use of this sticky and messy material. Medical Disclaimer: Information on this web site is for entertainment purposes only. This information is NOT intended as medical advice or for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional.